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Poster: vapors Date: Apr 9, 2010 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

My entrance here was a reaction to your statements regarding Jerry, and the definitions seemed to fit him well, as I had thought all along. I truly mean no offense John and am glad to have new recognition of Peter. I have seen and enjoyed the recorded works Jorma many times, but am not familiar with his brother. Until today anyway. Brings back a similar wondering I had at one time regarding James Taylor and his brother Livingston.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Apr 9, 2010 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

Now I have to say, in all honesty, that much though I enjoy the music of James Taylor, Livingston Taylor has never passed across what passes for my consciousness these days. Funny what gaps there are in a person's knowledge. In your estimation, is he worthy of lending an ear to?

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Poster: vapors Date: Apr 9, 2010 5:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

James has probably reached more hearts and pocketbooks in this world than Jorma, but here we are perhaps a bit more savvy to the good stuff with ties to the Grateful Dead. I have always loved JT – seeing him in Sarotoga (and then John Denver) while working at summer camp in 1974 was my first concert experience.

At one time I had Livingston’s first lp – the cover was him stepping out of a box car and came out in 1970 (I just checked) – and he sounded just like James. The things that make a success in the music industry are difficult for me to fully grasp and I'm sure there are countless examples that parallel the Kaukonens’. In my attempt to recover from storming in against the virtuoso verbiage, Livingston was the first to come to mind. JT has/had four siblings all of whom are recorded musicians – Kate and Livingston are probably the next best known.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Apr 9, 2010 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

maybe I need to use another word? I heard an interview with Jerry saying how boring he thought Return to Forever and that stuff was and how music stores are filled with all these guys with great licks but nothing to say. He goes on to say the curse of the musician is being able to get along with other musicians. That was sort of along the lines of what I meant about Jerry. And to me his brilliance is being able to weave in and out and knowing where to be and not to be rather than techinical note playing ability ( not that he was any slouch by any means of course )

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